Rethinking humane indicators of excellence in the humanities and social sciences

Author: Simone Sacchi

HuMetricsHSS at LIBER2017: Meeting the European Research Library Community

HuMetricsHSS at LIBER2017: Meeting the European Research Library Community

I had the opportunity to present the HuMetricsHSS projects to the European research library community at LIBER2017, the 46th LIBER Annual Conference, which happened in Patras, Greece, in July.

On Openness

On Openness

Second day at #TriangleSCI with the #HuMetrics team. Today we focused on clustering our values into major value-categories (Equity, Openness, Collegiality, Quality, and Community) with the idea that excellence in scholarship is an expression and combination of these value-categories as they are embodied in scholarly […]

First Day at #TriangleSCI Working with the #HuMetrics Team

First Day at #TriangleSCI Working with the #HuMetrics Team

First day at #TriangleSCI working with the #HuMetrics team. It is quite amazing what can happen when you put together in a room people from faculty administration, granting agencies, and societies with scholarly communication, information science, and metrics experts  —  without the constraints of their everyday working environment and with the freedom (and time) to brainstorm.

Today we have been shaping our work on #HuMetrics with an approach that sets values for scholarly excellence (in the “doing good” sense of excellence) at the core: metrics will follow from an analysis of how values shall shape scholarly practices and not the other way around  —  e.g., if “openness” and “transparency” and “collaboration” are some of those values, metrics should encourage and drive scholarly practices toward embracing these values, and scholars rewarded accordingly for both the processes and outputs of their scholarship.

This “reverse-engineering” approach sounds very much like a social experiment: how can we develop a framework for humanities scholarship (and the various actors in the system) such that practices, outputs, and metrics are value-driven? How can we make the framework actionable? What kind of infrastructure would be needed to support such a framework? Well, we are not there yet, but we still have three days… Reality check tomorrow afternoon.

Follow team #HuMetrics as we wrestle with humanities metrics. We are Christopher Long, Rebecca Kennison, Stacy Konkiel, Simone Sacchi, Jason Rhody, and Nicky Agate, and we’ll be writing here all week.